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Judging & presentations

Judging & presentations

The Learning Technologies Awards is the leading awards scheme in the industry, and the judging process it uses is led and co-ordinated by the eLearning Network, based on a team of judges drawn from leading professionals in learning and development.

The awards are so credible because there has always been a very robust judging process in place, one that is entirely independent of the organisers.  Awards are only won by the very best because of the breadth and depth of the scrutiny every entry comes under, and the fact that all the judges are chosen for their independence, for their skill, depth of experience and reputation, and for their contribution to and passion for learning technologies. 

Before the submissions

Judging is a long and involved process, and rightly so - it must absolutely do justice to the eventual award winners.  The judging team is assembled in spring ready for the submissions that come in at the end of July. Judges are split into smaller panels according to their expertise, and each panel reviews at least one category.

There are usually about 45 judges and over 400 submissions for them to review. 

Round 1 - shortlisting

Shortlisting takes place throughout August.  To decide on the shortlist judges must read and review all the submission in their category and score them against a set of criteria.  This can take several days and also involves meetings with fellow judge panellists to decide on the finalists.

Depending on how many entries are received in each category, there may be just handful of entries to review, or there could 40 or more entries!  Final shortlists are delivered at the beginning of September. 

Round 2 – presentations

An important part of the Learning Technologies Awards are the final presentations, which take place in late September and early October.  It is from these that the winners will be selected.  Most categories now require a presentation to be made, so shortlisted nominees must present their case for an award again, either face-to-face in London, or online. 

Again, this is an involved process and it takes around three weeks to get through all the presentations. 

There are approximately 200 presentations held each year in London and online.


Round 3 - Picking the winners

Judges now review what they have seen and read and decide on the winners. Each category has one gold winner and judges can also pick silver and bronze winners if the entries merit it.

The judges also write up citations for all gold, silver and bronze winners.

There are approximately 65 gold, silver and bronze winners each year.

Would you like to join the judging panel?

The Learning Technologies Awards grow in popularity every year and we are always looking to recruit new judges.

Judging is a great way to share your learning technologies knowledge and experience. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to hear about lots of learning technologies initiatives from a wide range of different industries and use your knowledge and experience to assess and score entries both online and at face-to-face live presentations that give you the opportunity to learn, ask questions and clarify important issues.

To work as a judge, you should be recognised for your experience in the learning technologies/e-learning sector and be able to identify best practice in accordance with the judging criteria. 

If you would like to become a judge please contact Kate Vose.